What happened to letting the deceased rest in peace?

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Just when I thought life couldn’t get any more bizarre, I discover that when your loved one passes away, you can get their ashes turned into a diamond ring.

It all sounds somewhat ghoulish and gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘diamond geezer’. Now he can quite literally be turned into one.

Apparently turning your other half’s ashes into a diamond is a pretty straightforward procedure.

Both have the same element in carbon. Natural diamonds are created underground when exposed to a colossal amount of heat and pressure and these conditions can be recreated in a lab.

As everyone’s DNA is unique, so the size, clarity and colour of the stone will be too.

But usually it will range from a vivid golden hue to a mellow yellow,

If having hubby made into a sparkler doesn’t float your boat, why not have have a statue in the garden or have the wife made into a vinyl record? Or a box of pencils.

Anything seems possible nowadays,

Whatever happened to letting someone rest with dignity having them buried, or their ashes scattered, just like normal folk?

On a practical level, I have to admit that the ever-increasing population and the shortage of land for burial plots means this unusual fusion of science and death could be an answer,

But I find it all a little too creepy and weird to think that a human being who once lived and breathed should be turned into a fashion accessory.

One of my friends has just done something similar, but with her deceased pet cat.

Now she proudly tells everyone that the moggy is now a ring on her finger.

She doesn’t think there’s anything wrong or eccentric with the idea.

For her, it’s a way of remaining close to her beloved companion Herman.

But having my animals made into something after they’ve passed away is not something I’d consider.

It all seems so un-natural. I say let the dead rest in peace and remember them as they once were.